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THE LIFE AQUATIC by Fussbett 12/27/2004, 7:45pm PST
Three homies walked out of the theatre halfway through, probably to adjust their parka hoods or to exchange tips about acting black or whatever. The two fat women behind me hated the movie for it's boringness, and sought to improve it by adding some of themselves into the dialog. I liked it. CHOOSE YOUR SIDE, DEAR MOTHERFUCKING READER. Here's more about me: I mildly liked Rushmore and Tenenbaums, and don't understand why so many worship at their shrines. I thought Napolean Dynamite was a half-assed self-aware in-joke that I got, but wish I didn't because it meant I was part of the wrong crowd. I regard Bottle Rocket, however, as genius.

THE LIFE AQUATIC is a real movie. It's got a plot and a story arc and all the characters have an evident history that doesn't require bald narration to convey. The movie is set in a ridiculous fictional universe where ridiculous fictional things happen with weight and conviction. The premise of Steve Zissou being a showboating Hugh Jacques Hefner Cousteau in a world where competing Hugh Jacques Hefner Cousteaus vie for fame, accolades, and aquatic documentary funding doesn't turn into a grating one-note joke (see: Team America's marionette gags which aren't funny after the commercials). Instead, I came to love the parallel dimension and it faded into the background as the story unfolded, which turns out to be a simple adventure tale of Steve Zissou hunting his demons and fatherhood. With a glock and dynamite.

It may be confusing that I could call Napolean Dynamite self-aware while praising a movie where the research vessel has a sauna, but the difference is that THE LIFE AQUATIC commits hard to the fan-serving quirky universe in such a way that it was no longer jokey. Napolean Dynamite, on the other hand, is a starter "weird" movie for people. Sort of 80's but not, sort of small town but not, Napolean is sort of unhip, but not... There is no "sort of" in THE LIFE AQUATIC. It's full-assed. It's all 200%. DOUBLE-assed. So much more tolerable in it's sincerity.

Enough of that other movie, and back to reviewing THE LIFE AQUATIC. Zseni was the soundtrack producer, did you know? Ample acoustic Bowie songs sung in Portuguese, french style minimal techno (Hayt can provide the accurate terminology, but if they're still looking to coin this style, I'd call it "minitech") and finally a Scott Walker track. I don't recommend that Zseni see the film, though, as it even made me a bit sad by the end, so surely she would kill herself upon viewing. Hear that? I felt a human emotion! The movie is pretty good.
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THE LIFE AQUATIC by Fussbett 12/27/2004, 7:45pm PST
    I liked Napolean Dynamite by The Joosh 12/27/2004, 7:59pm PST
        Re: I liked Napolean Dynamite by Angry NapoleON Dynamite fan 12/27/2004, 8:02pm PST
            Re: I liked Napolean Dynamite by Creexul :( 12/27/2004, 8:05pm PST
        Re: I liked Napolean Dynamite by Creexul :( 12/27/2004, 8:04pm PST
    Let's see here. by William H. Hayt, Jr. 12/27/2004, 8:57pm PST
        Re: Let's see here. by Plastikman 12/27/2004, 9:10pm PST
            Uh huh by William H. Hayt, Jr. 12/27/2004, 9:32pm PST
                I just bet you did mean to sound like an asshole. by Plastikman 12/27/2004, 10:02pm PST
                    Re: I just bet you did mean to sound like an asshole. by William H. Hayt, Jr. 12/28/2004, 1:30am PST
                        Re: I just bet you did mean to sound like an asshole. by Plastikman 12/28/2004, 2:34am PST
        That was almost definitely by Mark Mothersbaugh. NT by Fullofkittens 12/27/2004, 9:27pm PST
            You are correct. NT by Voyons Donc 12/27/2004, 11:12pm PST
    Ebert weighs in by Fussbett 01/01/2005, 10:43pm PST
        Re: Ebert weighs in by Subaru 01/02/2005, 2:49pm PST
            Re: Ebert weighs in by Creexul :( 01/02/2005, 3:17pm PST
            Re: Ebert weighs in by Mysterio 01/02/2005, 5:29pm PST
            Re: Ebert weighs in by Bill Dungsroman 01/02/2005, 7:15pm PST
        I'm dead. Don't smoke NT by Siskel 01/02/2005, 7:39pm PST
    Re: THE LIFE AQUATIC by Ray of Light 01/11/2005, 10:34am PST
        Zseni's Film Law by Senor Barborito 01/11/2005, 11:57am PST
            You're so quick to judge by Ray of Light 01/11/2005, 12:53pm PST
                Re: You're so quick to judge by Senor Barborito 01/11/2005, 1:52pm PST
                    Re: You're so quick to judge by Choson 01/11/2005, 3:17pm PST
    Re: THE LIFE AQUATIC by Mischief Mako 06/08/2006, 7:47pm PDT
 
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